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Decision on possible release of convicted murderer postponed

Posted at 10:43 AM, Jun 11, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-11 18:26:18-04

TULSA, Okla. — A decision regarding the possible release of a man who is serving life in prison for first-degree murder has been postponed until July 16.

Early Tuesday morning, Tulsa County Judge Sharon Holmes apologized to defendant Corey Atchison for delaying her decision. She said she has been out of the office for a couple of months and needs time to catch up on work.

The 48-year-old defendant has been serving a life sentence since 1991 for first-degree murder. At 20, he was convicted in the shooting and killing of James Lane.

He has claimed his innocence from the beginning, and his attorney Joseph Norwood said there is no real evidence linking Atchison to the murder. He claimed that two former Tulsa Police detectives coerced eye witnesses in the case to falsely testify during the preliminary hearing.

Attorney Norwood said it has been an emotional rollercoaster for his client.

"Corey Atchison is a very cool, calm, humble guy, and he gets this process. He's been living with this nightmare for 28 plus years,” said Norwood.

We have reached out to the Tulsa County District Attorney's Office for comment.

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